Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single – Heather McElhatton [TSS]

Title: Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Single
Author: Heather McElhatton
ISBN: 9780061461361
Pages: 304
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

From the back cover:

Quirky, clever, cubicle-bound Jennifer Johnson is desperate. Everyone around her is getting married, while she’s still single and stuck writing ad copy about men’s dress socks.

Her life hits crisis level, launching her into a humiliating and painfully hilarious quest to find Prince Charming at any cost. This includes agonizing online dates, diet-clinic cults, drag-queen fights, and a debilitating addiction to Cinnabon icing. When she meets handsome, wealthy Brad Keller, she wonders if he’s the answer to all her dreams, or is he just too good to be true?

Darkly funny and outrageously honest, McElhatton’s wit shines in this no-holds-barred cautionary tale about getting what you want—and how it can be the worst thing for you.

Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single is not what I was expecting in any way.  I expected a typical chick lit read.  Instead, I found a dark, but wickedly funny novel about real life, rather than the stuff of dreams.

I didn’t like Jennifer Johnson.  At the beginning of the novel, I suspected she wasn’t the greatest person, especially after how she treated her sister, but I figured her character would improve.  At some point, she would realize the error of her ways.  What I didn’t expect is that instead of improving, she actually confirmed my suspicion – Jennifer really wasn’t a good person.  What surprised me most, though, was the fact that it didn’t bother me.  I enjoyed the book immensely anyways.

What I loved most about Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single is its wicked sense of humor.  The book was simply hilarious.  This was the first book in recent memory that I actually laughed out loud during – multiple times!  The imagery was very vivid; I could see Jennifer getting into these unbelievable situations.  The descriptions of her cramming a whole Cinnabon into her mouth while hiding in the stairwell was a personal favorite.

Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single is a really unique novel.  From its hilarity to the questionable main character to the surprise ending, this is definitely a book that stands on its own two feet.  If you enjoy chick lit with a twist or like dark humor, this is a book for you!

Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review!

Comments

  1. I love atypical chick lit. And the cover is great! Thanks for the review – I hadn’t heard of this book!

  2. I love atypical chick lit. And the cover is great! Thanks for the review – I hadn’t heard of this book!

  3. Interesting. I rarely like a book if I don’t like the character.

  4. Interesting. I rarely like a book if I don’t like the character.

  5. OOh! I like dark comedy… though I’m not sure I could read a book where I didn’t like the main character 🙂

  6. OOh! I like dark comedy… though I’m not sure I could read a book where I didn’t like the main character 🙂

  7. I love books that evoke emotions and I love a good laugh, so I’m adding this to my wish list.

  8. I love books that evoke emotions and I love a good laugh, so I’m adding this to my wish list.

  9. Interesting post on online dating. I personally have found dating sites as good way to meet single professionals

  10. Interesting post on online dating. I personally have found dating sites as good way to meet single professionals

  11. How great is the ending of this book? I really enjoyed this novel, because it was so different from the usual chick-lit and because Jennifer was such a mess. I hear there are talks of a sequel — I would definitely read that!

  12. How great is the ending of this book? I really enjoyed this novel, because it was so different from the usual chick-lit and because Jennifer was such a mess. I hear there are talks of a sequel — I would definitely read that!

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